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“There are decades where nothing happens; and there are weeks where decades happen.”
THEY’RE MADE OUT OF MEAT
This First Contact story (from OMNI) Is all over the internet for free, and I’m honored. What writer doesn’t like to be liked? But this little Kindle book is only 3 bucks, and includes 5 other all-dialogue shorts (a sort of specialty of mine). So improve your life and mine. What writer doesn’t like to meet Royalties? Available on Amazon.
Cover by Lisa Roth Grafix.
My overlooked 2013 family saga ANY DAY NOW is not exactly science fiction and not exactly not. It’s an alternate history of 1968. John Crowley was kind enough to say, “If you were there then, this is where you were.” Jonathan Lethem was even kinder: “A personal masterpiece, a book which will drop you through the floor of your assumptions about coming of age inside the politics and counterculture of the Vietnam era and into a fresh new-old world, in which you’ll live, for the duration of this book, as your own.” And the ever-generous Michael Chabon added: “An unsettling, funny, freaky reimagining of America, impeccably written, by one of our most consistently interesting transgressors of literary boundaries.”
Nominated for the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for best science fiction novel of the year. (Didn’t win, but got second place.) Out of print but try Amazon. Good luck.
My most recent collection of short stories TVA BABY is from PM Press. It includes a little shop story, a starship story, a noir detective story, a time travel tale (with paradox), an un-mundane adventure, a retro romantic comedy (with cigarettes and lingerie), and a plundering of pirates.
My utopian novel FIRE ON THE MOUNTAIN (also PM) is about what might have been if abolitionist John Brown’s 1859 raid on Harper’s Ferry had succeeded. It has a generous (and perceptive) introduction
by Mumia Abu Jamal.
Rina Weisman produces.
—on hiatus for the nonce—
I’m editing a cool series for PM, which looks almost like a science fiction Who’s Who or Hall of Fame, except that I included myself. Because I could.
Good as new! Now E-vailable on Kindle, Nook, Apple, Kobo, etc.
Talking Man is filled with practical tips for all those planning an auto trip to the North Pole. The space whaling saga Pirates of the Universe is about a Disney-Windows employee trying to hold onto his perks. The Pick-Up Artist is about a guy who makes room for new art by destroying the old. In Voyage to the Red Planet, the first trip to Mars is produced by Hollywood. All with new covers by Lisa Roth of Lisa Roth Grafix.
“Necronauts,” my first Playboy story, was sold to Blumhouse Productions by Trident Media. It’s about what happens after you kill yourself.
A short film based on my story “Bears Discover Fire” produced and directed by Scott Riehs and Ben Leonberg, won Best Student Film at the Philadelphia Independent Film Festival. They have also optioned “Bears” for a feature film. Meanwhile, “The Hole in the Hole” has been optioned by filmmaker David Capurso of Brooklyn.
TRUE CRIME FOR KIDS
BILLY AND THE ANTS
It was a beautiful morning.
“Die!” said Billy.
The ants were marching in a long row, up the driveway toward the garage.
“Rat-a-tat-tat!” said Billy, making a machine-gun noise as he slid his shoe along the concrete.
The ants died, ten at a time.
“What are you doing?” Billy’s mother asked.
“Playing,” said Billy.